Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions: ICC Cricket World Cup, 2023 - New Zealand vs Afghanistan - 16th Match - 18 Oct
The 16th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup will take place between New Zealand and Afghanistan on the 18th of October, 2023 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Live Scores and Stats - New Zealand v Afghanistan
Afghanistan Form Guide:
Afghanistan are currently placed at the 6th position with 1 win to their credit.
The top run scorer for Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup is Rahmanullah Gurbaz with 148 runs to his name.
The top wicket taker for Afghanistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup is Rashid Khan with 5 scalps under his belt.
Afghanistan have caused the first upset of the tournament by defeating England in their previous match by 69 runs.
Afghanistan batted first and they posted a big total of 284 before being bowled out. Rahmanullah Gurbaz played superbly at the top of the order and scored 80 runs off 57 balls. He set up the tone for a big total ahead. Ikram Alikhil played fabulously. He scored 58 runs to propel Afghanistan to a defendable total of 284.
England in their reply lost Jonny Bairstow early on. Dawid Malan and Joe Root also followed right after and England looked in all sorts of bother. Harry Brook played a fine knock of 66 runs but he saw partners perishing at the other end in quick succession. They were bowled out for 215, eventually losing the match by 69 runs.
New Zealand Form Guide:
New Zealand are currently placed at the 2nd position on points table with 3 wins to their credit.
The top run scorer for New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup is Devon Conway with 229 runs to his name.
The top wicket taker for New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup is Mitchell Santner with 8 scalps under his belt.
New Zealand have won their previous match against Bangladesh by 8 wickets.
Bangladesh batted first and they posted a total of 245 for 9 in 50 overs. Litton Das was dismissed on the first ball of the match. Mehidy Hasan Miraz played a fine knock of 30 runs in the top order. Mushfiqur Rahim played a defining innings of 66 runs to take Bangladesh to a good total of 245 in 50 overs of play.
During the chase, New Zealand lost Rachin Ravindra quite early. After his dismissal, Devon Conway and Kane Williamson put on a show. They scored 45 and 78 runs respectively to seal the deal against Bangladesh. Daryl Mitchell also smashed a good looking 89 in just 65 balls. On the back of these brilliant batting performances, New Zealand got home in the 43rd over with 8 wickets in hand.
Let’s have a look at the squads:
Afghanistan squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen ul Haq.
New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? – New Zealand
Who will win?- Afghanistan
Top Batter (Runs Scored) – Devon Conway (New Zealand), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Mitchell Santner (New Zealand), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Most Sixes – Glenn Phillips (New Zealand), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan)
Player of the Match- Rashid Khan (Afghanistan)
Team Scores Batting first – Afghanistan 250+, New Zealand 240+
Match Handicap: Afghanistan
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